The congregation at WLCC, on Highway O in Laurie, packed 128 shoeboxes this year to be distributed to children in over 100 countries around the world. Samaritan’s purse says the program expects to collect and deliver boxes to 12 million children this year.

The daily news reminds us of the suffering, pain and loss caused by natural disasters, illness, poverty, war and senseless acts of violence. We see pictures of the innocent children who suffer. In an effort to share Christ’s love to those hurting children around the world, West Lake Christian Church once again partnered with a program called Operation Christmas Child sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse.

The congregation at WLCC, on Highway O in Laurie, packed 128 shoeboxes this year to be distributed to children in over 100 countries around the world. Samaritan’s purse says the program expects to collect and deliver boxes to 12 million children this year.

Each box contains hygiene items, clothing, school supplies, a WOW present (toy, soccer ball, etc.) and crafts items. Samaritan’s Purse puts a book with each box that teaches about Jesus and his love. Missionary volunteers then offer classes for those who wish to know more about Jesus

“Last year was the churches first year to participate,” said Kelly Caldwell, pastor of West Lake Christian Church. “We surpassed last year’s total by 28 percent to deliver 128 boxes and the funds to pay for shipping and delivery. It is a way to reach beyond denominational boundaries and extend God’s love to the world. Operation Christmas Child is just one of many mission opportunities here at WLCC.”